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Monthly Archives: November 2010


Gifts Under $100 | Diva Hidden Wedge Sneakers

The Diva is back and even fiercer than before!  Available in two-way sequins and satin/patent leather with removable faux pearl friendship pins that you can swap with a friend.

Easy, effortless style has never come easier with this dancing shoe and it also features our signature 2.5″ hidden wedge. At $98, it’s a great gift for the holiday season.

Find our where to purchase the Diva below.

Diva Black Sequins

Diva Grey Sequins

Diva Silver Grey w/friendship pins

Diva Copper w/friendship pins

Diva Black w/friendship pins

Happy shopping!

Getting Cozy in my Bee shearling booties

We’re all getting ready to head to our Thanksgiving celebrations and starting to pack for our travels.  I’m definitely going to pack my pair of Bee shearling booties.  The Bee is the perfect cozy shoe to keep your feet warm in front of the fireplace, while sipping on hot chocolate!  The bootie is fully lined and the shearling is so soft!

Find out where you can purchase the Bee available in Black, Cocoa and Grey.

Meet the Team: Kristina Ho

Last week we started a new feature on the blog “Meet the Team” and now it’s time to meet me!

I’m 80%20′s resident blogger and Brand Manager.   My day to day varies at 80%20 but my job mostly entails working on all of our marketing initiatives and liaising with our sales and public relations team as well as our production team in China.  I love magazines (I used to work for one) and I LOVE shoes…I’m too embarrassed to post a photo of my shoe hallway (yes I have a hallway of shoes) but my friends and family know what I’m talking about.  I’m obsessed with my Google Reader and the internet in general but I still haven’t gotten into Foursquare (reader – any thoughts on Foursquare?)

Name: Kristina Ho
Hometown: New York City!
What do you do at 80%20: Brand Manager, Marketing + Sales + Production
Favorite 80%20 shoe: I love my Scarlet shoes in Cocoa from Fall 2009.

Current Obsession: I can’t stop listening to Twin Shadow and the donuts from Babycakes drive me mad (so good!).
Dream vacation destination: I’d like to go island hopping in the Greek Isles.
What are the five essentials items in your bag at all times? My iPod, Korres lip butter, a copy of New York Mag to read on the train, candy of some sort, and my Blackberry.
Favorite Thing about the Holidays: Spending time with the family and not feeling guilty about pigging out on all of the delicious food.
Favorite Blog: If I had to chose one I’d have to say design blog swissmiss.
Do you like savory or sweet treats? Even though I’m obsessed with Babycakes’ donuts right now, I enjoy more savory treats over sweets.  Give me a plate of fries any day.
What’s your favorite part about NYC? Everything is at your fingertips, there’s never a dull moment.  From museums to free concerts, there’s always something to do.
What is the most fun thing about your job? I love SHOES and I get to try on all the samples (I’m a size 6) when they come in!  It’s super fun to work for a brand and a product you believe in, plus my colleagues are super rad.

Retailer Spotlight: Ruche

Ruche was created and designed in 2008 by Mai Olivo and Josh Olivo, and their furry companion Roji.  In 2005  Mai started selling vintage inspired beaded sandals on ebay as a hobby.   From then on Mai was in search of new items she liked and what was a hobby back in 2005 turned into a dream come true in 2008.  With a degree in Computer Science and Web Development, Mai created and designed ShopRuche.com to bring affordable and unique fashions to people across the country.

Today, Ruche is “a vintage inspired boutique with a modern touch.”  and is a collaboration of everything that has inspired the Olivos – fashion, photography, design, and lifestyle.    We just love the look and feel of the online shop.  And don’t forget to check out their blog.

As an independent boutique, Ruche fully supports boutique brands and indie designers and continues to grow.

Get the Eliotte Toggle in Charcoal wool at Ruche today!

Lanvin x H&M Collection hits U.S. stores tomorrow!

Unless you live under a rock, everyone’s been chatting about the much-anticipated collaboration between Lanvin and H&M.  We’ve been teased with photos and video lookbooks but now we can finally get our hands on this highly coveted collection tomorrow in 24 stores in the U.S.  Have no fear international friends, the collection will be available on Monday, November 23rd in over 200 stores worldwide.

Photo via Fashionista

Last night Alber Elbaz debuted his Lanvin x H&M collection at the Pierre Hotel in the Upper East Side in New York.  The audience included T Magazine’s Sally Singer, designer Alexander Wang, style bloggers Susie Bubble, Phil Oh, and Bryan Boy, and many more.  It looks like it was pure fun.  Check out photos over at Fashionista.

Find out if the Lanvin x H&M collection will be available near you here. New Yorkers – the collection will be available in 6 NYC stores!

New York
*505 Fifth Avenue @ 51st Street
*731 Lexington Ave @59th Street
*1328 Broadway @ 34th Street
*515 Broadway @ Broome Street
*150 East 86th Street @Lexington Avenue
*435 Seventh Avenue @ 34th Street

We’re so excited about the collection that we put together a few outfits…

I love a floral print!  We paired this beautiful Lanvin x H&M floral dress, with the Mallory boot in Black to make this a fun, casual look.  Get the Mallory boot in Black at Karmaloop.com!

The Thea boot in Putty is the perfect compliment to this charcoal tulle dress by Lanvin x H&M.  Get the Thea Putty at Karmaloop.com.

We had a little bit of fun with this last look playing with the pops of color.  The looks is classic with the sheer black blouse and skirt by Lanvin x H&M with our Kitty wedges in Putty available at Moxsie.

Happy shopping!

Twin Sister | Official vid for All Around and Away We Go

We raved about NY-band Twin Sister in June and they are still on heavy rotation in our studio.

They just released the official video for “All Around and Away We Go” directed by Mike Luciano (Double Six/Infinite Best).  It’s a super fun and colorful vid.

All Around and Away We Go from Twin Sister on Vimeo.

MOVIES TO WATCH

With the colder weather upon us, dinner + movie dates are extremely appealing.  There are a ton of new movies in theaters now and slated for December releases that we have on our must-see list.  But the two films that top our list are ’127 Hours’ and ‘Black Swan’ released by Fox Searchlight.

127 Hours
Starring James Franco and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)


There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding James Franco’s performance in Danny Boyle’s film ‘127 Hours‘ – out in limited release at the moment.   The story follows hiker Aron Ralston whose right arm gets pinned by a 800-lb boulder in Bluejohn Canyon.  Based on a true story, it takes Ralston 127 hours to free himself.  We hear that it’s a totally uplifting movie (YAY for happy endings), I just hope I can just make it through the graphic scenes of where Franco (who plays Ralston) cuts his arm off.  Would you be able to do the same, if it were key to your survival?

Black Swan
Starring Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky

I just watched the trailer for ‘Black Swan’ on the big screen last night and WHOA.  I can’t wait for it’s theatrical release on December 3rd.  ‘Black Swan’ is a psychological thriller that zeros in on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) and a rival (Mila Kunis).  Does anyone hear Oscar knocking on Natalie Portman’s door?

Watch the trailer below and see what I mean…

A little birdie told us that Fox Searchlight just celebrated their 15th birthday – Happy Birthday!
Stay up to date with Inside Searchlight (Fox Searchlight’s blog) for constant updates on their film roster’s release dates, promotions, and other news surrounding their films.  Be sure to check it out.

What movies are you excited to see?

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